July 20 is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. On that day in 1969 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon, while fellow Apollo 11 crew member Michael Collins orbited above in the mission's Command Module. The entire mission lasted from July 16 until July 24.
In honor of the anniversary the Museum is featuring several special events, including exhibiting one of Apollo 10 astronaut John Young's spacesuits, a series of Apollo-themed Tip-to-Tail tours, family activities and more! Additional information on upcoming programs can be found in the calendar below.
July 1 - Sept. 12, Space: Exploring the New Frontier As part of the 40th anniversary celebration of humankind's first steps on the Moon, The Museum of Flight opened a new art exhibit featuring the work of Paul Calle, the only artist to be with the Apollo 11 crew as they prepared for the launch at Cape Kennedy in July 1969.
Exhibit of Apollo Spacesuit
July 1 - 31, Space: Exploring the New Frontier
One of astronaut John Young's Apollo 10 spacesuits is on view for a limited time in the Space Gallery.
Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Apollo Program: Splashdown! Saturdays and Sundays, July 18 and 19, 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Visitors will learn how astronauts navigate with the stars, then make their own Apollo space capsule and reenact an Apollo re-entry and splashdown!
Tip-to-Tail Tours: Apollo Artifacts July 18 - 25, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., July 19 only: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Space: Exploring the New Frontier Exhibit Join a Museum docent for a free tour fo Apollo artifacts including an Apollo command module and lunar rover.
Flying Gizmos Show Sunday, July 19 and 26,
2:30 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Celebrate flight with this fun and educational program. This presentation is designed to help participants discover the science and history of flight through the use of fun flying toys and models. The show begins with the invention of the kite more than 2,000 years ago and continues through the age of space vehicles.
Monday, July 20, 11 a.m., William M. Allen Theater NASA and the Newseum in Washington, D.C. are hosting a special panel event commemorating the first human landing on the Moon. Moderated by journalist Nick Clooney, panelists tentatively scheduled to appear are astronauts Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11), Alan Bean (Apollo 12), Charlie Duke (Apollo 16) and John Grunsfeld (mission specialist, STS-125 Atlantis). The Museum of Flight will screen this event in the William M. Allen Theater.
Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Happy Birthday Boeing Field! Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26, 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Did you know that Boeing Field - the airport next to The Museum of Flight - has been around since the early days of aviation and is still going strong today? Visitors will learn about the history and design of Boeing Field, then become an airport architect and make their own model of this historic airfield.
The NASA Mobile Exhibit "The Exploration Experience" July 23 - 25, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Museum Airpark Parking Lot The Vision for Space Exploration Experience exhibit is housed in a 53-foot-long tractor and trailer rig. The exhibit is designed to share with visitors NASA's exploration goals to return to the moon and travel to Mars and beyond. The experience is intended to inspire visitors as they embark on a simulated journey into space. The exhibit is staffed by NASA professionals in a wide variety of space-related programs. The exhibit will be parked on the Museum's west campus, next to the Airpark. The Museum is the exclusive Northwest destination of the exhibit this year.
Theodore Ro on the Vision for Space Exploration Friday, July 24, 2 - 3 p.m., William M. Allen Theater Ted Ro is currently serving as a patent attorney in the Johnson Space Center's Office of Chief Counsel. Ro has been with NASA for 23 years. During that time he has worked on various projects associated with upgrading Mission Control for dual Shuttle-International Space Station operations. He will speak on NASA's Exploration Mission and plans to return to the Moon.
Blue Angels Week Thursday, July 30 - Sunday, August, 2 The world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels once again star in the KeyBank Air Show at Seafair presented by Boeing. The Museum of Flight is again Blue Angels' headquarters during the team's entire Seafair stay. Blue Angels family activities will be featured all week, with events inside and outside of the Museum with extended hours Thursday, July 30 through Saturday, August 1 from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Indoor programs are free with Museum admission.
Museum visitors will be able see the jets up close from Thursday, July 30 through Sunday, August 2. Activities include the team's precise pre-flight walkdowns, thrilling formation takeoffs and the chance to meet some of the Navy's finest pilots as they return from their practice sessions and show performances.
Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Blue Angels Mania! July 31 - August 2, 8 and 9 from Noon - 3 p.m. in the Side Gallery We've got the Blues but we're happy about it! In celebration of the Blue Angels visit to Seattle, Museum visitors are invited to stop by the Museum's activity area to make fabulous Blue Angels souvenirs!